Iran Deal Fight May Sideline U.S. Push on Palestinians

(AP) Dan Perry and Josef Federman - Once the Iranian nuclear issue was resolved, some had assumed the U.S. would make another push for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. But the opposite seems more likely. After a drawn-out confrontation with Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal, the White House seems to have little appetite for a new round of tensions over the terms of Palestinian statehood. With the odds of success slim and U.S. elections approaching, President Obama seems more interested in repairing his relationship with Israel. A U.S. State Department official told AP that the U.S. is not planning any bold new diplomatic initiatives after the Iran deal. Two decades of on-again, off-again Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have strongly suggested the sides are genuinely unable to meet in the middle on a deal.

2015-09-09 00:00:00

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